Thiem breaks new ground at Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem battled back from a set down to beat David Goffin in four sets at Roland Garros on Thursday and advance to his first ever Grand Slam semi-final.

The battle between 12th seed Goffin and 13th seed Thiem appeared to be going the way of the Belgian at first, but Thiem produced a gutsy comeback performance to seal a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-1 victory.

The 22-year-old’s previous best showing in Paris was the second-round in both 2014 and 2015.

An early 4-2 lead for Thiem in the first set quickly evaporated as Goffin claimed two late breaks to take a one-set lead.

Goffin appeared to take further control as he broke early in the second set and he had a chance to take a two-set lead when serving at 5-3.

But both players were struggling for consistency, and Thiem’s comeback was about to kick into overdrive.

The Austrian broke Goffin’s serve to draw level in the second set and then edged a tight tie-break to even the scores.

Goffin again claimed an early break at the start of the third set, but Thiem would finish the set by far the stronger of the two, breaking in games eight and ten to go two sets to one up.

That double breakthrough appeared to take the wind out of Goffin’s sails. Two more breaks followed early in the fourth as Thiem raced through the set in just 28 minutes to wrap up the biggest win of his career to date.

Thiem now moves on to face world number one Novak Djokovic, who beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the day’s other men’s quarter-final match-up.

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